Interview Preparation: In-Person

Tomorrow, I will be conducting my long awaited in-person interview with Adam Houser tomorrow. He was a victim of Hurricane Sandy; a victim who lost his house in the destruction.

It has been a while since I have conducted an in-person interview, so I will definitely use the advice that Jaber F. Gubrium and James A. Holstien give in Postmodern Interviewing. In the chapter “Active Interviewing,” Gubrium and Holstein talk about the concept of creative interviewing. “Creative interviewing is a set of techniques for moving past the mere words and sentences exchanged in the interview process. To achieve this, the interviewer must establish a climate of mutual disclosure. The interview should be an occasion that displays the interviewer’s willingness to share his or her own feelings and deepest thoughts” (72).  I will try to keep all of this in mind when I go to my interview tomorrow. 

The interview will take place at Lavalette beach and these are some of the questions I will ask:

1. Can you describe your experience immediately following the aftermath of hurricane sandy?
2. How was it coping with this upheaval?
3. What have you been doing in terms of reconstruction.

 

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